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Procrastination is an emotion management problem

Procrastination is an emotion management problem

Happens when we feel uncomfortable (anxiety, overwhelm ) toward a task. We want to do it, but end up doing something else that feels better.  We run away from our negative thoughts and emotions.

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Get better at facing your procrastination

Do it by:

  1. Becoming aware of any negative emotions and the excuses your mind is telling you.
  2. Learning how to deal effectively with emotions, as our natural tendency is avoidance .
  3. Practicing mindfulness, which allows us to take action despite experiencing negative emotions.

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Our mind is a reason-giving machine

It rationalizes the shit out of anything that’s just a little bit uncomfortable and create excuses as to why we shouldn’t do something now. Those excuses are irrational, but sound superficially reasonable. 

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Mindfulness helps beat procrastination because:
  • It helps in recognizing whatever emotions or thoughts we’re experiencing.
  • It makes us more self-compassionate.
  • It improves our self-control and emotion regulation abilities.
  • It helps us tune out distractions.

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The #1 skill to overcome procrastination

Facing a task, experiencing the uncomfortable emotions associated with it and doing the task despite those  emotions.

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Why we procrastinate

Procrastination is more about our emotions than our tendencies for laziness or just being “bad at deadlines”. At its core, we procrastinate to keep ourselves happy in the moment.

We procrastinate because our brains are wired to care more about our present comfort than our future happiness.

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According to traditional thinking, procrastinators have a time-management problem. They are unable to understand how long a task will take and need to learn how to schedule their time better.

However, psychologists increasingly realize that procrastination is an issue with managing our emotions, not our time.

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Neuroplasticity

... is how the brain changes (for better or worse) in response to repeated experience: the things we do often we become stronger at, and what we don't use fades away.

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